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Gráinne McEvoy

ph.d. candidate

Grainne McEvoy


Office: Stokes Hall, Room S350

Curriculum Vitae

Dissertation Title: "American Catholic Social Thought and the Immigration Question in the Restriction Era, 1917-1965"

Dissertation Committee: Kevin Kenny (Advisor), Jim O'Toole, Lynn Johnson


MPhil, Modern Irish History, Trinity College, Dublin
MA, English Literature and History, University of Edinburgh

Research Interests:

U.S. immigration, ethnicity, and race; 20th century Irish-America; the Irish Diaspora and Catholicism

Awards and Fellowships

  • Fellow, Graduate Fellows Program, Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy, Boston College (2012-14)
  • John Higham Travel Grant, Organization of American Historians-Immigration and Ethnic History Society (April, 2013)
  • University Dissertation Fellowship, Boston College, 2011-2012
  • Littleton-Griswold Research Grant, American Historical Association, June 2011
  • Research Travel Grant, Cushwa Center, University of Notre Dame, 2011
  • Dorothy Mohler Research Grant, American Catholic History Research Center, Catholic University of America, 2011
  • Donald J. White Teaching Excellence Award, B.C. May, 2010
  • Summer Research Stipend, Clough Center for Constitutional Studies, Boston College. Summer, 2010
  • Irish Studies Fellowship, Boston College
  • Irish Fulbright Commission Award in Humanities 2007/08
  • Janet S. Christie Award, University of Edinburgh, 2005

Conference Presentations:

  • “‘The Reunion of Families and Justice to the Alien’: The Catholic Social Critique of U.S. Immigration Law, 1924-1936.” American Historical Association Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, January 3-5, 2014. Forthcoming
  • “Catholic Social Thought and the Interdisciplinary Critique of U.S. Immigration Law, 1952-1965,” Social Science History Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, November 21-24, 2013 (Panel Organizer) Forthcoming
  • “Crusade for a Christian and Democratic Attitude Toward Immigration”: Education, Enlightenment, and the American Catholic Philosophy on Immigration Reform, 1952-1965,” Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, April 11-14, 2013. (Panel Organizer)  
  • “‘Lend Lease’ Chaplains: American Catholic Bishops and the Cross-Border Apostolate to Mexican Migrant Workers, 1945-1964.” Borderlands and Transnationalism Workshop, York University, Toronto, October 19-20, 2012.
  • “Migration and the Natural Law: American Catholic Thought, Pius XII, and the Immigration Question in the Post-war Era,” Biennial Boston College Conference on the History of Religion, Chestnut Hill, MA, March 30-31, 2012. (Panel co-Organizer.)
  • “‘Not Foreigners, Yet Foreign’: Puerto Rican Immigrants and the American Catholic Press, 1946-1960,” American Political History Graduate Conference, Boston University, Boston, MA, March 24-25, 2012.
  •  “The More Favorable Distribution of Men on the Earth’s Surface”: Papal Doctrine, Catholic Thought, and the Immigration Debate in Post-World War II United States,” Conference on International History, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, March 7-9, 2012.
  •  “A ‘Constructive’ Immigration Policy: American Catholic Social Critics, Immigration Restriction, and the Living Wage, 1916-1929,” American Catholic Historical Association, American Historical Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, January 5-8, 2012. (Panel Organizer.)
  • “Ethnic Pluralism and Father Patrick Peyton’s Family Rosary Crusade in the United States, 1942-1960,” American Conference for Irish Studies, State College, PA. 5-8th May, 2010
  • “Ethnic Pluralism and Father Patrick Peyton’s Family Rosary Crusade in the United States, 1942-1960,” Biennial Boston College Conference on the History of Religion, Chestnut Hill, MA. 19th-20th March, 2010.
  • “‘The Secret of Ireland’: The Revival of Ethnic Identity and the Family Rosary Crusade in the United States, 1942-1960,” Irish Association for American Studies Postgraduate Symposium, University College Cork, Ireland. 16th January, 2010.
  • "'Britain’s Last Colony’: Postcolonial Rhetoric and the Irish-American Movement for Civil Rights in Northern Ireland, 1967-1972," The Northeast Conference on British Studies, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, November 15, 2008.
  • “John Mitchel and The Citizen: Mid-Nineteenth Century Irish Immigration and American Citizenship,” The New England Historical Association, Endicott College, Beverly, Massachusetts, October 25, 2008.